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Stanford defeats UConn 8-2, forces decisive Game 3

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Connecticut’s Austin Peterson throws the first inning against Stanford in an NCAA College Baseball Super Regional game on Sunday, June 12, 2022, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Kavin Mistry)

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Braden Montgomery and Drew Bowser each hit a home run in Stanford’s second six-run run and the Cardinal beat UConn 8-2 on Sunday night to avoid elimination and force a decisive third game at the Stanford Super Regional.

Stanford (46-16) and the Huskies play again Monday with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Stanford starter Ty Uber gave up a single, double and walked two with a wild pitch and allowed a run before being struck out with two outs — both strikeouts — down the first. Brandt Pancer struck out Korey Morton to end the inning before Montgomery hit a three-run homer and Bowser added a solo shot to cap a high six-run second that made it 8-1 .

TC Simmons walked to lead at the bottom of second and scored on a David Smith brace to cut UConn’s deficit to 8-2, but the Huskies had just six baserunners – none of whom got past second aim.

Pancer (3-0) allowed a hit with two walks and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings for the win. Ryan Bruno pitched two scoreless innings and Quinn Mathews walked three and had four strikeouts in three no-hitter innings for his eighth save of the season.

Kody Huff hit the 10th pitch from the bat down the middle for a two RBI single to make it 2-0 on top of the first and Stanford never trailed.

UConn (50-15) finished with just four hits after racking up 17 — including 10 for extra bases — in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. The Huskies took a 9-0 lead early in the second inning of that game, but have since been outscored 20-6.

Bowser has hit at least one home run in each of the past four games, and 10 of his 18 home runs this season have come in Stanford’s 11 postseason games (including the Pac-12 Tournament).

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